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Soul Jazz Records Presents: Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3

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This latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ successful ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik’ series delves deeper into the German nation’s vaults to bring a fascinating new collection that again brings together a selection of classic German electronic and rock groups, including Neu!, Cluster, Popol Vuh, La Düsseldorf and Agitation Free, alongside a host of rare tracks by lesser known artists such as Michael Bundt, Bröselmaschine, Dronsz and Achim Reichel.

The music of ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3’ ranges from the introverted pastoralism of Hans Joachim Roedelius and Bröselmaschine to the angular and futuristic electronic experimentations of Klauss Weiss, Pyrolator, Deuter and Michael Bundt, to the proto-punk of La Düsseldorf and the heavy space, progressive and cosmic rock of Missus Beastly, Niagara and Dyzan.

The music on ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3’ was recorded in the 1970s up to the early 1980s, at a time when forward-thinking German electronic and rock groups were searching for a new musical identity in order to separate themselves from both the cultural legacy of post-World War II Germany as well the ‘cultural imperialism’ of USA and UK rock. In this process, German groups created some of the most unique and inspired music, the defining motorik beat alongside a host of ethno-musical influences from far afield - including Turkey, India, Brazil - as well as the musical and futurist possibilities of developments in electronics and technology itself.

‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3’ is released as a deluxe double CD pack, heavyweight triple LP and digital download album. The new extensive sleevenotes are by David Stubbs, who is the author of the acclaimed book ‘Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany’ (Faber & Faber).

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Yet another superb outing for this already mindblowing string of releases on the ever-reliable Soul Jazz. Cosmic Krautrock, swirling synths and arpeggiated octaves, crackling filters and determined, marching percussion all round. If you've not heard of the 'Deutsche Elektronische Musik' series before, now is your chance. If you have, you already want this anyway.

TRACK LISTING

Klaus Weiss - Wide Open Space Motion
A.R. & Machines - I’ll Be Your Singer, You’ll Be My Song
Deutsche Wertarbeit - Deutscher Wald
Dzyan - Khali
Missus Beastly - Geisha
Alex - Derulé
Agitation Free - In The Silence Of The Morning Sunrise
Georg Deuter - Pearls
Michael Bundt - The Brain Of Oskar Panizza
Popol Vuh - Ja, Deine Liebe Ist Süßer Als Wein
Novalis - Dronsz
Bröselmaschine - Schmetterling
Neu! - Neuschnee
Between - And The Waters Opened
La Düsseldorf - White Overalls
Klaus Weiss - Constellation
Achim Reichel - Tanz Der Vögel In Den Winden
Roedelius - Lustwandel
Pyrolator - Die Haut Der Frau
Cluster - Hollywood
Streetmark - Passage
Niagara - Rhythm Go
Michael Bundt - Neon

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